Benefits of Yoga
Over the last several years yoga has emerged to a new popularity here in the west but it has been practiced for thousands of years in the east, particularly in India where it originated. It is believed that yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda and the two sciences work wonderfully together.
As yoga has become increasingly more popular in the western world, scientist have armed themselves with new tools that allow them to look even deeper into the body allowing to see what happens physiologically when a person practices yoga- not just asana or postures but pranayama and meditation. The doctors, neuroscientist, psychologist and other researchers are uncovering fascinating evidence of how the practice affects us mentally and physically and may help to prevent and assist in the treatment of a number of the most common ailments that jeopardize our vitality and wellbeing.
Dozen of studies are being conducted at places like Duke, Harvard and the University of California San Francisco in an effort to establish how truly beneficial yoga is for the mind and the body. While the studies of the impact that yoga has on our health and wellbeing are in the early stages, patterns are beginning to emerge that indicate that the knowledge that we have about how yoga keeps up healthy and well are just the tip of the iceberg.
Some of the benefits of yoga are:
· Relief for certain types of chronic pain
· Decreasing anxiety and depression
· Less prone to emotional outburst
· Positive moods, equanimity and emotional resilience
· Helpful in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders
· Helps your brain to stay sharp and work better
· Better sex
· Helps to reverse the aging at the cellular level
· Fortifies the body’s ability to ward off illness ~ Immune booster
· Helps to decrease stress
· Lower inflammation or inflammatory levels within the body
· Reduction of risk factors associated with heart disease
· Helps to keep joints lubricated which allows them to move more freely
· Healthier and stronger spine
· Decrease back pain
· Effective for maintaining a healthy weight
If you have been on the sidelines trying to figure out what yoga really is or if you should indulge in a yoga class, I say let the above benefits be a motivating factor for you to jump in and explore yoga. There are yoga studios popping up all over the place and I’m sure you will find one in your city or in a city close to you. Yoga is a great way to do something good for your body and mind that has lasting beneficial affects. So don’t be shy jump in and let your body and mind enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Wishing you much health and wellness!
Rochele Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS
The Queen of Feeling Fabulous